Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy: Understanding Your Treatment Options

Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, is a serious dental condition that affects a large percentage of the population. It is caused by bacterial growth in the mouth, leading to inflammation and potential tooth loss. Treatment for gum disease is critical to preventing further damage to teeth and gums. In this blog post, we will discuss non-surgical periodontal therapy, including LANAP, antibiotics, and occlusal adjustment, and their benefits for treating periodontal disease.

Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy:

Non-surgical periodontal therapy is a non-invasive approach to treating gum disease. It involves removing plaque and calculus buildup, restricting bacterial growth, and addressing gum disease conditions. These procedures are important for early detection of periodontal disease and stopping further damage to the tissue and supporting structures. Techniques commonly used in non-surgical periodontal therapy include scaling and root planing, professional cleaning, and antibacterial mouthwash.

Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP):

LANAP is a cutting-edge treatment for periodontal disease that utilizes a laser to remove infected tissue and trigger the regeneration of healthy gum tissue. This non-invasive procedure avoids the need for traditional gum surgery and removes the risks of pain or swelling that can accompany it. The laser targets only diseased tissue leaving healthy tissue untouched. Compared to traditional gum surgery, LANAP has been shown to have less discomfort and a shorter recovery time, making it an attractive option for patients.

Antibiotics for Periodontal Disease:

Control of bacterial growth is essential in the treatment of periodontal disease, and antibiotics can help achieve this goal. Antibiotics are frequently used as a supplement to non-surgical and surgical periodontal therapy. These antibiotics can come in the form of pills or be applied directly to the gums. Antibacterial mouthwash can also be effective in reducing plaque build-up, which can contribute to the spread of the disease.

Occlusal Adjustment:

Occlusal adjustment is another treatment option for patients that have loose or shifting teeth or are experiencing bite problems. This procedure aims to distribute the biting forces evenly to relieve pressure on the gums and bones. Properly distributing forces when you bite can help reduce the likelihood of periodontal disease and tooth loss. Techniques for occlusal adjustment include reshaping teeth and using dental crowns.


If you suspect that you have periodontal disease, non-surgical periodontal therapy is a sufficient and less invasive option for treatment. It is also important to know that other options are available, such as LANAP, antibiotics, and occlusal adjustment. These treatments can help stop the progression of the disease and restore your oral health. Get in touch with your dentist and schedule an appointment to see which treatment is the best for you and prioritize your oral health.

What Some of Our Patients are Saying

Mariaelena Carrillo
Everyone is very friendly and understanding! I got my wisdom teeth removed from this location and I wasn’t feeling too good after and they helped watch over me and next thing you know I’m feeling way better after a few minutes of their help!:) I come back in for my checkup appointment and they were super helpful with any questions I had and the healing process went smoothly!
This is a very conscientious Practice. I Love my Periodontist Mr. SHELDON LU, DMD, MS he is caring, Extremely thorough , Answers all my questions with pleasure. Office staff Nancy, Maria and the rest of the staff there are same as Mr. SHELDON LU!! I’m glad I found him , and his wonderful staff. Makes a difference to me when people care. I would recommend this office anyone five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️from me , thank you for everything.
Victoria Shebala
Dr Lu is an excellent periodontist. He doesn’t believe in giving a patient too many medications when they are not necessary. He really cares about his patients. He makes sure to keep the patient’s teeth and gums clean to prevent any serious gum disease. I am one of his patients and highly recommend him. The members of his office staff and assistants are very professional.
Queenie Zhao
The clinic recommended by a friend specializing in the treatment of periodontal disease provided me with satisfactory service from the appointment to the post-operative period. Dr. Lu is very professional,he’s so considerate and gently answered my questions, he also taught me how to take care of my teeth every day. The front desk and the dental assistant are very warm and polite too.
Peterzj Luo
Small office, but very cozy and friendly. This is my first visit. I am very much impressed by Dr. Lu's professionalism and expert knowledge. He did a thorough examination and explained treatment options in easy-to-understand language. I feel very comfortable and well treated. I definitely would come back and recommend to others.
Farhat Farooqui
I was nervous before my tooth extraction and grafting procedure, but I knew I was in good hands with Dr Sheldon Lu and his staff. Dr Lu’s expertise and gentleness, and his staff’s efficiency and genuine concern for the patients made the surgical experience as pleasant as such a procedure can be. I would recommend Iconic Periodontics 100% to anyone. Thank you, Dr Lu and staff!
Stilian Halembakov
Very friendly and nice team. Dr Sheldon Li is soft-spoken and gentle, thorough in his dental expertise without pushing for a decision on proposed action plan. Highly recommended !
Julisa T
I love this dentist office. The front office is always kind, professional and very efficient. The dentists are always gentle quick and do an amazing job. I am a big chicken when it comes to any kind of invasive procedures, even minor ones. But I always feel at ease when I come here.10 ⭐️’s
Jennifer Joy Miller
From the first point of contact on the phone I knew IPDI was a great place. After meeting Dr. Sheldon Lu, it was clear we’d found a gem. Dr Sheldon Lu and his team are professional, genuinely kind, caring and confident. You feel like not only have you met a great dentist, but made a new friend. Dr. Sheldon Lu is an honest dentist who instills trust in his patients by being upfront and genuine. I appreciate each staff member as well. Kind, clear and positive people work here.
Phuongut Huynh
I had a wonderful experience at this place . Service was fast and the staff were very friendly. They made sure all concern I had about my teeth were answer . They took time to answer my questions and explain everything well to me . I came for a regular check up and cleaning done . The place was very nice. I usually don’t liked coming to a dentist office but for sure I will return back for my next checkup and cleaning Thanks to Dr Sheldon luu and his wonderful staff for such taking good care of me !

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